Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Steven Soderbergh’s 8 Best Films
Based on the UK miniseries of the same name, Traffic chronicles the very deliberate, very costly, game of chess that is the war on drugs. The film unfolds over three separate storylines, distinguished by three different color pallets, as a rich ensemble of actors headlined by Michael Douglas deliver surprisingly vulnerable performances in service of Soderbergh’s warts-and-all take on the one war this country may never win. Benicio Del Toro won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal as the one honest cop in Mexico. Traffic also pitted the director against himself come Oscar time; he scored Best Director nods for both this film and his other 2000 release, Erin Brockovich. He (deservedly) won for the former.